Quinn Says He is Working With Illinois Corporations

By WEEK Producer

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM CDT

Governor Pat Quinn says his upcoming private meeting with CAT CEO Doug Oberhelman is just another example of how he's been working with Illinois Corporations.

Oberhelman is on record as saying Illinois' recent income tax hike has put the state on the wrong path for business growth.

The Governor says Caterpillar is part of his state-wide commitment to double the State's exports by 2015.

Governor Quinn says he wants to work with Oberhelman and legislators, "What he wants, and I want too, is to work with legislators to make Illinois a place where we can have economic growth and jobs for everyday people. We're working on, for example, is a workers' compensation reform, which would be good for the Caterpillar company and many other companies large and small. I look forward to getting that done this session and signing a law. "

Wednesday, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman urged Congress to take action immediately to enact pending Free Trade Agreements between the United States and Panama, South Korea and Colombia.

Caterpillar has been a long-time advocate of free trade agreements and says such agreements with Mexico, Chile, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Peru resulted in substantial increases for Caterpillar exports.